New London, Missouri: Giant Mark Twain

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Address:
Clemens Drive, New London, MO
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On the west side of US Hwy 61 roughly four miles south of Hannibal.
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Mark Twain Statue.

Giant Mark Twain
Impressively large, but with disproportionately tiny hands. Appears to be made of stucco. An alarming behemoth vision of America's favorite cigar-smoking author. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [04/04/2016]

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Mark Twain statue.

Giant Statue of Mark Twain

This area experienced a lot of tornadoes this year. Fortunately the statue still stands. It appears that Mark Twain has been secured with new cables.

[Gary Epperson, 08/24/2011]

Mark Twain statue.

Mark Twain Statue

This isn't the ordinary bronze-type figure you usually think of when you hear about a statue depicting the likeness of a famous person from history. This is an oversized, sculpted statue, with body parts that don't necessarily seem to bein proportion with other body parts. I was lucky enough to happen upon this fabulous roadside giant while on a cross-country road trip earlier this month.

There are cables attached from Mr. Twain's head to the ground that seem to be providing some kind of support, but looked somewhat useless to me. Whatever the purpose, I hope they keep the legend standing for many years to come.

There is a plaque at the bottom of the statue that reads, "Built by Larry Koelling for Clemens Landing 1984." It is located at the entrance to Clemens Landing.

[Kara Deanne, 06/16/2010]

Mark Twain.

Giant Statue of Mark Twain

About 4 miles South of Hannibal, Missouri on Highway 61, you'll spot a Giant Statue of Mark Twain. He stands guard at the entrance to Clemens Landing, a resort of sorts that has seen better days. Mostly its an RV park now. It looks as though Mr. Twain has probably been in better shape at some point too, but he is still standing. As a work of art, he's not quite on a par with say Michelangelo's David, not that many are.

Built by Larry Koelling back in 1984, ole Samuel Clemens looks like he's made of plaster and starting to show his age. Actually, I'm guessing concrete but certainly no marble was involved.

[GypsyNester.com, 05/11/2009]

We saw it in 1985, scaffolding still up, and he looked about the same. Always liked his disproportionately tiny fists.


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